Making a big batch of the 'best salsa ever' is a great way to use up all of the tomatoes coming out of the garden right now.
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1/2 green pepper in strips
cilantro, coarsely chopped
Juice from 1 lime (this one was kind of dry)
put all ingredients into the bowl a large food processor
Good Haven House's Best Salsa Ever
time: 15 minutes
total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
makes: 4-5 cups
6-8 medium tomatoes
1/2 of a medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, quartered
1/2 green pepper, quartered OR 1/2 red pepper, quartered
1 jalapeno pepper, quartered, leave some seeds and spine depending on how hot you like it!
2 pinches of sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (or more to taste)
1/2 - 1 cup coarsely chopped, packed cilantro (to taste)
juice from 1/2 a lime (or one if small or dry)
1. Put all ingredients in a large food processor and pulse 15 times or more (depends on how course you like your salsa chopped) Taste test on a tortilla chip and adjust to your taste. ( I rarely add more salt as the chips are usually pretty salty)
2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (if you can stand to wait!) to let flavors mingle.
3. Serve with tortilla chips or if you're really feeling ambitious, nachos. Delicious!
Note 1: This is a very free form recipe, feel free to experiment and add or subtract ingredients to your own taste and the texture you prefer.
Note 2: This makes A LOT of salsa. You can cut the recipe in half if you don't have a big crowd.
Note 3: You can chop the ingredients by hand if you don't have a food processor. It will have a different texture but will still taste great!
One of our family's favorite things to do together is head to the beach with an empty bucket and go shelling. Everyone from grandparents to toddlers enjoys a good treasure hunt and you never know what you might find besides seashells! Driftwood, fisherman's floats, coral, sand dollars, sea glass and all sorts of interesting stuff washes up, especially after a good storm or day of heavy surf.
Please, be careful not to take shells with live creatures inside or live sand dollars. It's the law in Florida. These shells are their homes, and we need them to live and do the things that they do to keep the ecological balance of our waters and coastline. All empty shells are fair game on Perdido Key.
It's at it's peak right now so here's a few different ways to serve our favorite, corn-on-the-cob.
Each topping recipe makes enough for 8 ears.
Puree 2 cloves garlic and 3/4 cup olive oil in a blender. With the machine running add 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves and 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, puree for 1 minute. Brush corn with pesto and season with coarse salt.
Combine 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon each ground toasted cumin and coriander seeds, and a 1/2 teaspoon course salt. Brush corn with olive oil and sprinkle with spices.
Black Pepper and Thyme
Brush corn with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme: season with course salt and fresh ground pepper.
Combine 1 Tablespoon freshly grated lime zest (from 2 limes) and 2 teaspoons course salt. Brush corn with olive oil and sprinkle with zest mixture.
You can substitute butter for olive oil in any of these.
It was, Jennifer T. had to agree, a beautiful thunderstorm, its black wings beating at the summer air. It had lightening for talons and rain for plumage and it's eyes were alight with a static charge of ozone.
It was a creature of storm, a big black bird made of thunder.
1. Combine sugar and juice in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add half-and-half, whole milk, and buttermilk.
2. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
3. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm.
This recipe makes enough for two batches with the standard Cuisinart ice cream maker.
We're sooooo excited to introduce you to the newest member of our Good Haven House family, our brand new GE 3.6 cubic foot washing machine! She's come to us all the the way from Lowe's on Fairfield in Pensacola. She'll be hanging out in the laundry room waiting to help you with any laundry you may have.
RIP old washer and thanks for 20 years of great service. He is in large appliance heaven now.
As a side note: the dryer is pretty happy to have someone a little younger to hang out with.
I've started this blog as an addition to our web site goodhavenhouse.com . I'm excited to share up to the minute news, pictures, recipes, and beachy inspiration of all kinds from Good Haven House, our beach vacation rental. Just like Good Haven House, we hope you'll visit often.